Dec. 19, 2014

Humberto Sanchez


Humberto Sanchez covers the Senate for Roll Call. Prior to joining, he covered the budget and appropriations process for Congress Daily and now NJ Daily for three years.

Humberto previously worked at the Bond Buyer covering state and local budget and finance issues. He also covered the Securities and Exchange Commission for Dow Jones Newswires. He holds a B.A. in philosophy from James Madison University and is also an alumnus of States News Service.

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Stories by Humberto Sanchez:

Democrats Close Out Majority With Wins on Nominations

Dec. 17, 2014

“This will be the last vote of this Congress,” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., announced shortly before 9:30 p.m.

Rubio Threatens To Unravel Obama Cuba Deal

Dec. 17, 2014

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., excoriated President Obama’s plan to normalize relations with Cuba and threatened to hold up efforts to confirm an ambassador and fund an embassy.

Heller Pledges Yucca Mountain Will Stay Dead Despite Leaving Energy Committee

Dec. 16, 2014

Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev., pledged that a proposal to build a nuclear waste depository at Yucca Mountain would remain dead, even though he is stepping away from the Energy and Natural Resources Committee to join the Finance Committee.

Durbin and Schumer Split Up

Dec. 16, 2014

The Senate’s longstanding D.C. roommates have gone their separate ways.

Kirk Backs Murthy, Defies NRA

Dec. 15, 2014

Sen. Mark S. Kirk, R-Ill., defied the National Rifle Association to confirm Vivek Murthy as surgeon general.

Cruz Doesn't Believe Governors Have Edge Over Senators in Presidential Races

Dec. 15, 2014

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, doesn’t believe governors have an advantage over senators when it comes to winning the 2016 GOP presidential nomination.

Democratic Senator Opposes Murthy Nomination

Dec. 15, 2014

Sen. Joe Manchin III, D-W.Va., said Monday he would vote against the confirmation of Vivek Murthy to be surgeon general, citing concerns over political positions the nominee has taken.

New Governing Coalition Emerges

Dec. 15, 2014

In the wake of the “cromnibus,” a new governing coalition may have emerged in Washington.

Saturday Session a Preview of What's to Come

Dec. 14, 2014

At the end of a rare Saturday session, Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., was direct when asked if Democrats, led by outgoing Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., had gotten the better of Republicans.

Senate Avoids Shutdown, Passes Cromnibus in Bipartisan Vote

Dec. 13, 2014

Updated 11:26 p.m. | The Senate has avoided a government shutdown, easily clearing the $1.1 trillion “cromnibus” funding the government through September.

Senate GOP Leaders Want to Wrap Up Lame Duck ASAP

Dec. 12, 2014

Senate Republican leaders are pushing to wrap up the lame-duck session as soon as possible to limit the time available to outgoing Majority Leader Harry Reid to clear nominations.

Paul and Rubio Spar Over Foreign Policy, ISIS AUMF

Dec. 12, 2014

The nation may have gotten a little taste of 2016 Republican presidential politics Thursday as Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky squared off with Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida on foreign policy.

McConnell Chief Sharon Soderstrom Wields Influence Behind the Scenes

Dec. 11, 2014

In her first stint in a majority leader’s office, Sharon Soderstrom, chief of staff to incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, used to sit quietly in the back of the chamber watching the floor.

Elizabeth Warren Channels Ted Cruz on 'Cromnibus'

Dec. 10, 2014

One of the Senate’s leading liberals is borrowing a page from the playbook of Texas GOP Sen. Ted Cruz.

Senate GOP Wrestles With Whether to Undo the Nuclear Option

Dec. 10, 2014

After crying foul when Democrats used the nuclear option to essentially eliminate the filibuster for most nominations, Senate Republicans are wrestling with whether to change it back.

Harry Reid Making Most of Final Days in Majority (Video)

Dec. 10, 2014

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid isn’t going quietly into the night.

Reid Outlines Endgame, Again Warns of Weekend Work (Video)

Dec. 9, 2014

As final preparations seemed to be underway to pass the “cromnibus” funding most of the government for the rest of the fiscal year — and avoid a shutdown — Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid made one more warning about the session extending past Thursday.

Rockefeller Opposes Leahy FOIA Bill

Dec. 5, 2014

Once on a glide path to passage through the Senate, the FOIA Improvement Act is in trouble after retiring Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., came out against the bill designed to make government more transparent.

Senate Democrats Talk Life in Minority, Plot Comeback

Dec. 4, 2014

Senate Democrats held a meeting Wednesday that they hoped would end intraparty finger-pointing after tough election losses, and discussed their new minority role in next Congress.

John McCain Knocks Rand Paul's Lame-Duck Push to Declare War on ISIS

Dec. 4, 2014

It takes a lot to surprise Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., who has served in the chamber for nearly 30 years, but Thursday’s Foreign Relations Committee water bill debate did just that.

Paul Gambit Poised to Force Vote on ISIS (Video)

Dec. 4, 2014

Sen. Rand Paul scored a victory Thursday in forcing an end-of-session debate on authorizing force against Islamic State militants.

Jeff Shockey Goes for the Reverse Revolving Door Again

Dec. 3, 2014

Veteran appropriations aide and lobbyist Jeff Shockey has been appointed staff director of the House Intelligence Committee under incoming Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif. The move marks the second time Shockey has left a lobbying gig to take a senior position with a House Committee.

Senate Democrats Begin Planning Road Back to Majority

Dec. 3, 2014

Senate Democrats will hold their first strategy session on taking back the majority Wednesday afternoon, according to a senior Senate Democratic aide.

Sticking Around Could Make Portman Senate's GOP MVP

Dec. 2, 2014

Free from the albatross of a presidential campaign, Sen. Rob Portman is set to play a starring role in helping set the Senate Republican agenda on taxes, spending, trade and more next year.

Lawmakers Look to Penis Pumps to Offset Bill for Disabled (Updated)

Dec. 2, 2014

Updated 9:05 a.m. | Congress is looking to penis pumps to help pay for a bill that would establish tax-advantaged savings accounts for the disabled.

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